INFOBOXGenre(s): Contemporary Music, Folk, World Music
From: Vienna, Austria
Alma have fitted traditional folk music in some modern clothes, yet without dressing it up as something it isn’t: Julia Lacherstorfer, Matteo Haitzmann, Marlene Lacherstorfer, Evelyn Mair and Marie-Theres Stickler play the violin, the double bass and the accordion, they sing and yodel, imbued with cheerfulness and humor, with passion and melancholy. Alma’s music triggers emotions. It comes straight from the soul and wants to reach the listeners in the place where their own roots lie hidden.
Ever since they started out in 2011, Alma have been merging genuine folk-music with complex arrangements, traveling up and down music history with effortless ease. Because of the natural way in which classical and folk music, landler and polka, yodel and waltz, bourrée and musette resound side by side, because everything is genuine – the joy, the happiness, the melancholy – and every single note is placed with great respect, always leaving plenty of room for inspiration, Alma’s music is capable of pushing boundaries without breaking with musical traditions.
Their debut album “Nativa” was released by col legno in 2013, followed by their second album “Transalpin” in May 2015. With the release of their latest album “Oeo” in 2017, ALMA have proven themselves to be a formation that understands how to redefine folk music in a compelling way.
Quarterly Critics’ Choice of the German Record Critics’ Award Association,
category Folk/Folklore (4th quarter 2013)
2nd place at the Austrian World Music Awards 2015
German World Music Award RUTH 2017
Concerts & Festivals
Carinthischer Sommer, Ö1-Kulturpicknick, Porgy & Bess, Vienna Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Linz Brucknerhaus, Jeunesse-Tour, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Tonspuren am Asitz, Jazz Festival Saalfelden, ZOA Festival, Musiksommer Bad Schallerbach, Fraunhofer Volksmusiktage (GER), folkBALTICA (GER/DK), EBU-Festival (SE), Austrian music weeks in Bulgaria, Festival de alturas (PERU), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (GER), Godtfolk-Festival (DK), Austrian World Music Awards, Glatt & Verkehrt, Runkelsteiner Klangfeste (IT), Kulturbörse Freiburg